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What aspect of "moralistic therapeutic deism" is best revealed by the narratives? How is this particular religiosity socialized?

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The aspects of "moralistic therapeutic deism" that the narratives refer to are the way that may of the children in the studies refer to god as a sort of all providing therapist that exists for the benefit of the kids rather than the other way around. In this the religiosity of the individual is not as important as people don't exist for god, but rather god acts as a insurance policy that gives the people who believe in him security. It is socialized as a co-faith that exists along the dominant religious faith of the individual by that allows the individual to be a member of a particular religious order while also actively taking part in a form of universal social religion that cuts across faith lines.

i agree with the fact that it gives the individual a co-faith, meaning they dont really need to follow a religion to be religious. society comes up with their set of norms as to how far religion should be practiced.

The concepts around personhood and morality perpetuate the narratives that and seeing kind entity exist for your benefit. A god who's aim is to protect you and the notion that god wants you to lead a happy life. This exist on the outer lines of faith being accessible whilst one maneuvers through their religious rigidity.

This is a valid point. In order to have faith in your life, you are also accepting the fact that faith is not going to ultimately fix your problems, but act as a support system.

I agree that religion is used for a better level of life, people use it to increase their chances of having a stable and happy life.

Moralistic therapeutic deism is similar to Rational Choice theory. In my opinion the most rational explanation to why religion even exist to this day (after the discovery of science) is because people who are in a state of crisis can turn to god for assurance.

I agree though i wonder where that common social religion leaves people who identify as atheist? Since they often construct their own moral framework that isn't tied to god, how do they fit in. I wish the authors looked into that more actively.

I agree with what you stated. Moralistic therapeutic deism give teens the freedom to pick and choice when to turn to god when they feel like they need help or guidance to live right. Its like a faith commitment to follow right morals , feeling good, happy, secure and at peace.

Fact, teens turn to God because God is the most reliable source in the world and will not turn his back on you. to live under God you'll have spiritual guidance and knowledge of religion and how to live a certain way/ developing yourself in a way he'd want you to be. In relation to personhood, you develop this ideal figure who is fully function and receptive or in other words live life to the fullest and accomplishes their goals/milestones.

I agree. Religion serves as a comfort to many. People want to be able to yield for that assurance when necessary.

moralistic therapeutic deism is revealed when teens explain how they cope with the struggles of neo liberal society. Religion in that case helps them to cope with the world subjectively, by satisfying ones own longings for better and through normalization of things. It is the special connection one feels to a higher power and the sense that one has that the higher power is always withing ones soul and will always watch over. This particular religiosity is socialized through family and peers as usual, but also by the seeker him/her/self because i think it is ultimately ones own choice to seek coping help through moralistic therapeutic deism.

moralistic therapeutic deism is revealed when we see adolescents saying they believe in god but they dont have to go to church to express that or they believe in a being. this religiosity is socialized by giving others a way of being religious or spiritual without actually following a religion.

Moralistic therapeutic deism is best revealed as how teens view the purpose of faith as personal happiness ands a way to grow self-esteem. Teens also tend to call for god when they are in need of him but are aware that god is watching them and will be there for when teens need go the most. The religiosity is socialized that the faith is all about man. It's all about the person's self- fulfillment and personal control but to also embrace what god has done and can do by having the faith.

Religion helps the teens to understand and express themselves with the troubles that they might face. By them knowing internally that there is a guiding influence in their lives that they can look forward to navigate them through the tough times it is a power hey can always depend on. Through this moralistic therapeutic deism is ignited within and is a power source to help provide balance and those who believe can lean and have God and conquer anything through faith.

Moralistic therapeutic deism is expressed when one chooses to believe but not specifically identify with an organized religion. For example, believe in got but not attending a religious institution. This connects to the idea of "believing without belonging."

The aspect of “moralistic therapeutic deism” that is best revealed by the narratives is that it is a way for teens to be able to devote to religion and feel that they are in a safe haven. Adolescents use religion to be able to help them and know that there is something that is there for them. This particular religiosity is socialized through the individual; it is their personal choice to believe in faith.